Foreign News: Krim's Eden

A party of travelers to the small French island of Reunion just west of the great island of Madagascar were received, last week, in a luxuriant and exotic garden by Mohammed ben Abd-el-Krim, deposed "Sultan" of what is now French Morocco.

When his guests exclaimed that the garden is as lovely as Eden must have been before the Fall, the deposed Sultan quipped: "It is the difference between our religions, perhaps. Not until after my Fall did I have time for gardening."

That Mohammed ben Abd-el-Krim was wise when he accepted the French offer of exile in a private Eden (TIME, Sept. 20,...

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